1958. 3. XI. – 2016. 12. V.
Rita Ausma Scarbrough, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, of Ann Arbor, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016, surrounded by her family. Rita was Born in Toronto Ontario, on November 3, 1958. Rita was a second generation Latvian and proudly continued to support and nurture the Latvian culture. She was the daughter of the late Miervaldis Treiguts. She is survived by her mother, Austra Treiguts (Ievenieks); her loving husband, John Scarbrough; four children, Kriss and Anna Petrovskis, Sarah Thompson, and Kim McCullough; four grandchildren, Katie, Alexis, Maudie, and Landon, her two brothers, Viesturs and Maris Treiguts and extended family in the US, Canada and Latvia.
Rita held a B.A. (French) from York University in Toronto, pursued Latvian studies at Western Michigan University and held a B.S.N. (nursing) from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo. She was a Registered Oncology Nurse at the University of Michigan for many years and was a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She belonged to Webster United Church of Christ in Dexter. Rita loved the outdoors, particularly hiking and gardening. She was very environmentally mindful in all ways. Rita was a warm and inviting person, who never met anyone she considered a stranger. She was compassionate and non-judgmental to an uncommon degree. Rita will be missed dearly by her family, friends and all those who had the great honor of knowing her.
White, with its magical associations, holds a special place in Latvian folklore. The word itself, “balts” is synonymous with purity, goodness, and enlightenment. White was deemed fitting for festive garments. Rita wanted her celebration to be a festive occasion, and requested that the celebrants wear white or light pastel informal (no ties please) clothing. There will be a memorial to her life on Saturday June 4th at 2:00 PM at Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr, Dexter, MI 48130. Fellowship and celebration will follow at 8535 Dexter Townhall Rd, Pinckney, MI, 48169 (on Silver Lake).
Rita requested in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to either the ALS Association or Garezers.